Perspectives on Watson: Healthcare



Medical records, texts, journals and research documents are all written in natural language — a language that computers traditionally struggle to understand. The ability to deliver a single, precise answer from these documents could go a long way in transforming the healthcare industry. Watson, the IBM computing system designed to play Jeopardy!, could deliver such a solution.

Thought leaders including Dr. Herbert Chase, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons, share their thoughts on how the DeepQA technology that powers Watson could impact the way doctors diagnose and treat patients.

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18 Replies to “Perspectives on Watson: Healthcare”

  1. Dear @IBMWatson – This domain, treated as distinct from Jeopardy! type QA, requires (I suggest w/respect &tc &tc) refactoring along just the vector I've been tweeting at you about. I further suggest (Never thought this one before.) that the matter of "confidence" and "certainty" has not been explored and grasped. regards @bentrem

  2. There will be no need for human doctors in the future. Doctors examine symptoms and cross check them with their knowledge of medical literature. Watson will far surpass the most knowledgeable doctors on earth, and be available in every office. Plus, surgeons will be replaced by ultra accurate machinery already in the prototype stage. This is one more step down the line to complete automaton in the workplace and the reorganization of our entire economic system. (Look up THE ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT.)

  3. @kanefreeman1 It goes a lot further than just healthcare. Practically every job could be fulfilled by an automated machine. Even prostitutes! 

  4. This is awesome. If robots could replace all the jobs we have now, I wonder where next our creativity will take us!! The world would be so cool.

  5. A system like Watson more capable of information retrieval than a human physician (keeping in mind that all data in informatics is presently human-generated). Though I believe AI in medical science can far usurp anything of which a Natural Language Processing bot alone, like Watson, or any physician is capable.

  6. I think that with the quality of food degrading more and more in time, people will need more health care services because people health will be less and less heath and the need of exercise or phisycal health will have na ever importante role in our lives.

  7. Hey could Technology substitute pills or medications one day……..i think that overdose of medications does damage to you health…….any idea?

  8. Hey….maybe Watson could give……… sugestions……research…….discussion……analyses……images (HD)……"etc"……to Doctors……because its nearly impossible a doctor to master all biomedical literature………….

  9. yay!!!! another way for doctors to do less work and get more pay!!! like the guy who walks in when you are strewn out on the examination table, pokes you in the bum and asks – "did that hurt?", to which you grudgingly reply yes, and then that guy tacks $2 GRAN onto your bill, wuupeeee!!!!

  10. Hey….."Molecular Health"…….Compute at the molecular level could in the future take care of all health problems..for that i think we would need moderating computing power.

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